In this month’s Building Leadership talk, Máire Cassidy explores the teenage brain, its plasticity, emotional responses, and hormones. As adults we can experience our teen’s outburst; tears and irritability, enthusiasm and over-excitement. How do we know when things are normal or have become extreme? Parents are hard-wired to protect their teens, to step into the breach. We want our teens to flourish and not to be anxious. The trajectory of maturing process is growth from dependence, to independence to interdependence. We need to support our teens in choosing to face their fears. Listen to our podcast to hear more.